One of my first meals since arriving in Shanghai was one of the best: braised beef noodle soup at Noodle Bull. A sleek, minimalist interior gives the impression that Noodle Bull may not be authentic, but this is clearly a misimpression.
I ordered their infamous, traditional beef noodle soup (30-35 RMB), and a glass of their housemade suan mei tang (sour plum juice). The beef broth in the noodle soup was incredibly aromatic (possibly from the addition of star anise), with a soothing and savory flavor. It was rich without being overly greasy or full of MSG. The beef was tender, with just the right amount of fat melting in your mouth. I also enjoyed the vegetables, which added some freshness to the dish.
Surprisingly, the suan mei tang quite enjoyable. I am generally not a fan of the drink because it is usually too tart for my taste, but Noodle Bull’s version had a nice balance of sweet and sour, with a deep plum flavor.
With good food, cheap prices, and a refined atmosphere, it’s no wonder why foreigners and locals alike flock to Noodle Bull.
A Mansion, 1/F, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu
(86 21) 6170 1299